New details of the next Jaguar XJ

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 26, 2010

The release of the photos of the new Jaguar XJ has confirmed the carmaker's previous excitement for the most radical car they have ever made. The new model, with a bold new shape aimed at stealing the spotlight away from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the most current 7-Series of BMW, will be introduced to the world this coming July. 

Besides it stunning body design, the latest XJ will take advantage of an interior that looks like it was created in the future, together with a lineup of more potent and state-of-the-art powerplant units.

The XJ derives themes that was originally observed on the popular XF (Auto Express' present Car of the Year) and pushes it even further. The elegant front face comes with enlarged air intakes to the aircraft-like grill and angular headlamps, with the roofline flowing toward the rear end at a more rakish angle compared with the XF.

The rear end is finished with bold taillights and a chrome strip. The XJ sports a lightweight alloy chassis with a total reengineering at the rear to integrate a rear suspension developed from the XK coupe, and additional room for passengers. In the interior, there are many elements that can be observed to be a carry over from the XF, like the rotary gear knob that rises from the console at the center. However, there will be more spectacular touches with superb leather and wood elements.

The engine that will power the car is the XF's latest 5.0-liter direct-injection V8 unit which, in its normally ventilated form, can generate 385bhp. The powerplant that will power the XJR will be a supercharged variant, with a power boosted to 503bhp, intended to compete with the Audi S8 and Mercedes S63 AMG. The sprint rate for this top-of-the-range car is five seconds from standstill to 60mph and hit 155mph as its maximum speed.

Majority sale of the XJ is anticipated to be constituted by the latest 271bhp 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel powerplant. The powerplant is able to provide remarkable 40mpg fuel consumption through its lightweight alloy construction, a figure similar toe the Diesel S variant of the XF which was released recently.

The XJ will come standard with six-speed automatic gearbox with paddles shifters mounted under the steering wheel and provide outstanding ride and handling harmony for which the Jaguar brand is well-known.

The sale of the XJ will begin later this year after its introduction at the Frankfurt Motor Show this coming September.[source autoexpress]

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